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Iceland/European Union: Reduction in Import Duties, Increase in Quotas for Agricultural Products

(Oct. 20, 2015) On September 17, 2015, Iceland’s government and the European Union agreed on new terms for agricultural trade. (Press Release, EU and Iceland Strike Deal to Protect Geographical Indications and Enhance Trade for Agricultural and Food Products (Sept. 18, 2015) EUROPA.) Under the new agreement, Iceland will reduce the tariffs on agricultural products […]

Denmark: Dual Citizenship Recognized

(Oct. 16, 2015) On September 1, 2015, with the entry into force of amendments to the Act on Danish Citizenship, Denmark started recognizing dual citizenship. (Lov om ændring af lov om dansk indfødsret, LOV nr 1496 af 23/12/2014 [Act on Amendments to the Act on Danish Citizenship, Law No. 1496, Dec. 23, 2014], RESINFORMATION.DK.) The […]

Finland: Tax on Chocolate and Sweets to Be Eliminated 2017

(Oct. 7, 2015) On September 29, 2015, a Finnish Financial Parliamentary Committee decided to end the tax on sweets that has been in force since 2011. The decision will take effect on January 1, 2017. (Press Release, Statsrådet [Finnish government], Punktskatten på sötsaker och glass slopas 2017 [Excise Duty on Sweets and Ice Cream Will […]

Sweden: Supreme Court Turns to Electronic Communication

(Sept. 8, 2015) On August 25, 2015, the Swedish Supreme Court announced that as of August 31, 2015, it has turned to e-mail as its main means of communication. (Press Release, Ökad användning av e-post vid Högsta domstolen, Högsta Domstolen [Supreme Court] website (Aug. 25, 2015), NOTISUM.) The new policy means that all communication between […]

Iceland: Easing of Capital Controls and Banking Regulations

(July 16, 2015) On July 3, 2015, the Icelandic Parliament (Althingi) passed legislation (The Act on a Stability Levy) to ease capital controls and bank regulation in the country, provided certain conditions are met. The regulations were set in place following the 2008 banking crash in the country. (Press Release, Legislation on Stability Levy Adopted […]

Iceland: Blasphemy Law Repealed

(July 15, 2015) On July 2, 2015, the Icelandic Parliament voted to repeal the country’s blasphemy legislation. (821 Frumvarp, Heligi Hrafn Gunanrson, Althingi [Parliament] website (last visited July 15, 2015).) The crime of blasphemy had been on the books since 1940; the relevant legal provision stated: “[a]nyone officially ridiculing or insulting the dogmas or worship […]

Iceland: Update: Supreme Court Increases Jail Sentence for Kaupthing Bank Director and Shareholder

(July 2, 2015) On February 12, 2015, the Icelandic Supreme Court decided the Al-Thani Case, in which the Chief Executive of Kaupthing Bank, the CEO of its Luxembourg branch, the Chairman of the Board, and the bank’s largest shareholder were charged with market manipulation. (Iceland Jails Kaupthing Bankers for Market Manipulation, NEW YORK TIMES (Feb. […]

Sweden: Supreme Court Affirms Pre-Trial Detention of Julian Assange

(June 15, 2015) On May 11, 2015, the Swedish Supreme Court affirmed the Appeals Court decision to continue to detain Julian Assange in absentia. (Press Release, The Supreme Court Affirms the Decision of the Court of Appeals for Pre-Trial Detention of Julian Assange (May 12, 2015), Högsta Domstolen[Supreme Court] website; Case No. Ö 5880.14 of […]

Sweden: Tax Authority Publishes Guidelines for Income Tax on Bitcoin Mining, Suggests Prohibition of Bitcoin Use in Waste and Scrap Metal Transactions

(May 20, 2015) On April 24, 2015, just days before the May 4 tax filing deadline, Sweden’s Tax Authority published guidelines on how to declare income from Bitcoin mining. (Beskattning vid mining av bitcoin och andra virtuella valutor m.m. [Guidelines on the Taxation of Mining of Bitcoins and Other Virtual Currencies] (Apr. 24, 2015), Dnr […]

Sweden: District Court Declares Drone Use Does Not Constitute Camera Surveillance

(May 1, 2015) On April 13, 2015, the Administrative District Court of Malmö announced that using a drone to take pictures of an outdoor public garden is not camera surveillance that requires a prior permit. (Jaqueline Balcer Bednarska, Foto med drönare är inte kameraövervakning – domstol upphäver länsstyrelsens beslut, DAGENS JURIDIK (Apr. 14, 2015).) The […]